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12/28/2012 - 5:01pm
Mortensen: Expect Jets to fire Tannenbaum
By: DJ Bean

ESPN's Chris Mortensen made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Friday, discussing the NFL playoff picture and the future of the struggling Jets. 

With the Jets sitting fourth in the AFC East with a 6-9 record, questions surround the organization and which changes will be made in the offseason. Mortensen said he expects general manager Mike Tannenbaum to be fired, but that the team will likely keep head coach Rex Ryan.

"I think that Tannenbaum will be out," Mortensen said. "I think that Rex will be back. Sanchez I think is a coin-flip. I don't know how you eat $17 million in cap money. You can wait until June, but who wants him in June. And by the way, who else is out there? I can see them keeping Sanchez at $8.5 million, and then do you draft a quarterback or do you sign one to compete? I believe the major change will probably be with Tannenbaum."

As for quarterback Tim Tebow, who was reportedly angry with...

12/28/2012 - 4:43pm
Report: NHL's drop-dead date Jan. 11
By: DJ Bean

According to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, the NHL has informed the NHL players' association that the drop-dead date for potentially losing the season is Jan. 11.

The tweet from Lavoie backs up previous reports that the league aimed to begin training camps on Jan. 12, with Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reporting earlier Friday that the NHL has targeted Jan. 19 as a start date for the season.

On Thursday, the NHL made a proposal for a new CBA that includes movement on previous stumbling blocks, including bumping up the maximum length of contracts from five in the league's previous offer to six in Thursday's offer. The NHLPA is reportedly working on a counterproposal.

Games are currently cancelled through Jan. 14, with the Jan. 11 drop-dead date giving the sides two...

12/28/2012 - 1:50pm
King on M&M: NFL home field overrated

Sports Illustrated NFL columnist Peter King made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni and discused the final weekend of the regular season and the playoff picture.

The Patriots have an outside shot at the No. 1 seed in the AFC and the home-field advantage that comes with it, but King noted the lack of importance regarding home playoff games in recent history.

"I would argue, after the last seven years, what really does home field mean?" King said. "You had a 6 seed seven years ago, the Steelers, win the Super Bowl. You had the Giants twice go on the road for a total of five games in January, win them all and go on to win the Super Bowl. You had the Packers a couple of years ago as a 6 seed go on the road for all three games in the playoffs. So, I'm not really sure what home field means.

"I think what is important at this time of year is who's playing the best. I would much rather be the New England Patriots...

12/28/2012 - 12:55pm
Cole only player missing from Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Marquice Cole (finger) was again the only player not spotted at Patriots practice inside Gillette Stadium on Friday. The defensive back missed practice on Thursday as well as the team practiced on the main stadium field for a second straight day. 

The Patriots listed 20 players as "limited" on Thursday, including tight end Rob Gronkowski, whom Bill Belichick indicated Friday was still day-to-day. Belichick said the decision on whether Gronkowski will play and how much remains in the hands of the team's medical staff. 

The Patriots practiced in sweats and shells outdoors as the team prepares to take on the Dolphins late Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in the regular season finale. Weather could be a factor as temperatures will start in the low 30s and drop to the low 20s rapidly, with a chance of snow showers. Adding to the elements will be winds out of the northwest at 10 to 15 MPH, with gusts up to 25 miles an...

12/28/2012 - 11:11am
Report: NHL makes new offer to players
By: DJ Bean

According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the NHL has made a new proposal to the NHL players' association as the sides try to find common ground on a collective bargaining agreement. 

LeBrun writes that the owners have moved to six years for the term limits on contracts after previously stating that they would not go further than five years. Additionally, the league's "make whole" provision (money to offset lost hockey-related revenue for players) remains at $300 million while allowing each team one compliance buyout before the 2013-14 season. 

Games have been canceled through Jan. 14, with a CBA needing to be in place by mid-January in order to save the season. 

For more on the NHL lockout and the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


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